“Look Sic Lom Sic” by Flo Oy Wong (07.11.2020) - Audio recording of poet Flo Oy Wong reading a new poem in her ancestral dialect of Hoisan-wa for the Del Sol String Quartet’s “Your Wall is Our Canvas: The Angel Island Project” at Dianne Feinstein Elementary School.
The Hoisan-wa dialect, which originated in Taishan County in Guangdong province in Southern China, was spoken by many of the Chinese immigrants who came
to America in the first part of the twentieth century, including Flo’s parents and siblings, who were among those held in the Immigration Station barracks on Angel Island.
see ghee leong
trees how beautiful
— Flo Oy Wong, July 11, 2020
Flo’s reading of Look Sic Lom Sic was woven into a new musical work by the Del Sol
String Quartet, inspired by nine collaborative student poems, which, in
turn, were inspired by the immigrant poems carved into the walls of the
Angel Island Immigration Station barracks. While sheltering in place during the
coronavirus pandemic, the students at Dianne Feinstein Elementary
School, took photographs of trees outside their homes and recorded their “sounds of home.”
Flo’s poem, written during the COVID-19 pandemic was inspired by this photograph, taken on July 10, 2020 during her daily walk. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Flo and her friends practiced “social connection” by participating in artist Iman Tajik’s project “Slow Marathon 2020: Under One Sky,” a mass worldwide border-free walking project. https://www.deveron-projects.com/under-one-sky/
“Your Wall is Our
Canvas: the Angel Island Project,” composed by Huang Ruo and performed
by the Del Sol String Quartet with the contemporary chamber choir,
Volti, will weave a story of immigration and discrimination of then and
This project is
supported in part by the Hewlett Foundations 50 Arts Commissions. Del
Sol String Quartet's partnership with Dianne Feinstein ES, was made
possible thanks to an Artists and Communities Partnership - Creative
Youth Arts (ACIP-CY) grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.